Plettenberg Bay Activities & LocationOnline Availability Calendar
Sondel Beach House Location
17 Capricorn Drive, Solar Beach, Plettenberg Bay, 6600
Situated 550km from Cape Town and 230km from Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay was originally called 'Bahia Formosa' or Beautiful Bay by the Portuguese explorers. The drive from Cape Town takes approximately 5-6 hrs.
Plettenberg Bay Airport
Scheduled flights by CemAir.
75 minutes drive from George Airport to the west, passing through the town of Knysna and past the Outeniqua Mountains.
Port Elizabeth Airport
230km, two and a half hour drive from the Port Elizabeth Airport
Local Garden Route Activities
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Whale and dolphin watching. South Africa has to be one of the most incredible destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals. In early June, southern right whales leave their Antarctic feeding ground to frolic in the warm waters of the Cape coast.
Then of course there is golf. Within 35 kms one has the choice of playing at no less than five different courses, some of which highly rated.
Sightseeing in the famous Tsitsikamma Forest and at Storms River mouth. Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water” and is the Garden of the Garden Route.
The world's highest bungee jump at Bloukrans. The Bloukrans Bridge is 216 meters (709 feet) above the Bloukrans River. The bungy jump is open 365 days of the year during all weather conditions (except gale force winds).
The Robberg Nature Reserve
The Robberg Nature Reserve is a National Monument encompassing the Robberg Peninsula. It is a major attraction affording hikers a choice of three circular routes – the longest being a challenging 11 km circular trail to the point and back. At Spring Low one encounters plentiful marine life found in the numerous rock pools. Several bird species including the Oyster Catcher, Cormorants, Cape Gulls and Swift Terns nest on Robberg or Bird Island, an extension thereof.
Bundu Motorcycle Adventures offers, from Mondays through to Saturdays, guided motorcycle tours through the Garden Route providing both the motorcycle as well as requisite gear for such a tour. The tour extends for approximately 300 kms depending on the particular preferences of the rider, his or her experience as a motorcyclist and of course weather conditions.
Catamaran Charters depart from the Central Beach at Plettenberg Bay, operating daily from 8:30 am to 17:30 pm although booking needs to be done through the Knysna office. Cruising along the coastline from Plettenberg Bay on a catamaran is a most pleasant experience.
Mountain biking is a popular pastime given that the Knysna and Tsitsikama Forests are on Plettenberg Bay’s doorstep. Besides venturing off into the forests on your own Buffalo Hills offers a scenic 14 km 2-hour mountain bike trail on their reserve either on a guided tour basis or, for a minimum of three persons, a self-guided excursion.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Not to be out-done there is a Big Four Game Reserve within 35 kms at the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. Here a two hour game drive in an open Landrover with an experienced game ranger is offered. Opportunities exist to view Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard and Lion including giraffe, zebra a range of antelope crocodiles and hippo at the Reserve.
Over the past few years the seal population at Robberg has increased substantially. Robberg literally means “Seal Mountain” in Afrikaans. Adventure Island operators will take you out by boat and provide wetsuits, masks, snorkels and fins for guests wanting to swim amongst the most inquisitive creatures in the sea there.
In The Crags, some 18 kms out of Plettenberg Bay going towards Port Elizabeth, is the Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, open daily from (:00 am to 17:00pm where a one hour guided tour is on offer during the summer months. During the winter the snakes hibernate.
Ocean encounters are on offer departing from Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay. The excursion leaves from the beach heading east to Arch Rock where Bottlenose and occasionally Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins are encountered. Further into the bay pelagic seabirds are often found as well as some resident Bryde’s Whales with the Southern Right and Humpback Whales and Common Dolphins regular visitors during their seasons.
Also near The Crags one finds the Birds of Eden, sporting the largest single span aviary. Within this large aviary, birds fly freely providing visitors affording a visitor the experience of over 2 000 previously caged birds